Week 10 – #1 A Bench at

I found this lovely little Cathedral in Dunkeld, Scotland.  There were benches outside facing the river.  What a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the afternoon.


Week 9 – #14 Emotional

I submit this phone for the theme Emotional.  And now you are wondering what the hey is she thinking. Right?!  Well growing up, we had one phone and it hung in the kitchen.  Any calls and everyone, I mean everyone was part of that call.    After some time a Princess phone came into the house.  And better yet, into the bedrooms, so you could have a little privacy.  I don’t remember the year or my age at the time, but, I think back on that as a big emotional time growing up.    What do you think?
Now this is a digital version and no rotary dial anymore, but it triggered memories.

Week 6 – #37 Senior Hands

The Westminster Clock Tower which houses Big Ben, was completed in 1859.  For this theme, instead of what one might expect, I thought a photo of the hands from this famous clock which would be 158 years old, would fit the theme quite well.

In June 2012, the British Parliament changed the name of the tower to Queen Elizabeth II in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

The tower is not open for tours except for UK residents.  There is no elevator (lift) so they need to walk the 344 stairs.

The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin. The clock dials are set in an iron frame 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass, rather like a stained glass window. Some of the glass pieces may be removed for inspection of the hands. The surround of the dials is gilded. At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the Latin inscription:
Domine Salvam fac reginam nostram victoriam primam

Which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.

Unlike most other Roman numeral clock dials, which show the ‘4’ position as ‘IIII’, the Great Clock faces depict ‘4’ as ‘IV’.

I think these qualify as senior hands.

Week 5 – #28 My First Visit to UK

I have survived my first day in London.  Arrived early this morning after not sleeping on the flight over, then took the Gatwick Express train with our luggage from the airport to Victoria Station.  What a big station.  I believed we walked from one end to the other to catch a cab.  We took the cab to our hotel.  I spent the first day going to Kew Gardens.   What a beautiful Royal Botanical Garden.

This is the Palm House – An iconic Victorian glasshouse, the rainforest climate inside supports a unique collection of tropical plants from some of the most threatened environments on Earth.

This is the Princess of Wales Conservancy – The most complex of Kew’s public glasshouses contains ten different environments covering a range of tropical conditions and climatic zones. The conservatory commemorates Princess Augusta, who founded the Gardens. It was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in July 1987.

Week 4 – #10 Dangerous

As I am sure everyone has been reading, we have a monster storm heading in the direction of Florida.  I do not live on the coast, but a reasonable distance inland and I am not in a flood or evacuation zone.  That being said, it was time to button up and prepare for a very, very dangerous storm – IRMA, that we have no idea which way it will go – up the east coast, up the west coast, or up the middle of the state.

So I submit some nasty looking sky on Friday afternoon – a couple of days prior to IRMA making contact with this state, and showing how we safely prepare our homes in front of the arrival.  The house is definitely a cave now.   (BTW those nasty clouds have nothing to do with IRMA yet – these are just some weather that we are getting before hand – but they look and sound nasty.) I am not sure if I will be able to get any images during IRMA, though I do have a waterproof camera – I am not sure I am IRMA proof.


Week 3 – #46 The Color Purple

From the Lavender ‘N Lace Tearoom in Lake Alfred, Florida, here are two center pieces on the tables with the color purple.
The Valencia Lakes Singles made a drive over to Lake Alfred for a lovely luncheon, which also happened to be a birthday celebration for Joyce Nelson (Happy Birthday again).  This is a lovely little Victorian style setting with beautiful antique china and various teapots displayed. We dined on a wonderful lunch and scrumptious dedicate desserts, and plum ice tea.  Afterwards we walked around the small garden and gift shop.   If you are over near Lakeland, this is a hidden gem (and I do mean hidden – it is off on a side street).
Here is their website for you to check them out.

Week 2 – #41 Shutter Speed of 1/40th second

Yes, I am a little behind.  It is tough with a nice trip coming up that should afford me lots of new material for blogs etc, I am struggling with using a theme that might have a completely different twist from my trip.  Oh well. Hang with me, I will do all 52 weeks eventually.
With all the media coverage and there will be thousands of photographs of the actual solar eclipse, I thought I would share mine. Unlike many people, I did not drive to a place for totality.  After seeing the traffic on tv and the possibility of clouds, I am glad I stayed home.  Nor did I buy glasses nor a filter for my camera with only 80% coverage where I live, it didn’t seem worth it.
Here is my take on the solar eclipse of Aug 21 at home on my driveway.  Using the dabbling of the sunlight through the leaves of my palm trees, the eclipse made little crescents on the ground.   Using a tripod, I was able to get the shutter speed down to 1/40th.
Now come Aug 2045, if I am still here, it will be a total solar eclipse here.  So maybe I will try then.  (stop laughing).

Week 1 – #36 Seasonal Showers / Inclement Weather

Well how fitting, I have not been able to go out and photograph something as I have been running around all week.  For it to rain today so I could take a seasonal shower (with lots of lightning) image to start this new year of photo challenges.  Not exactly what I had in mind but you roll with the punches.

From my front door – it was raining hard enough for the droplets to bounce on the driveway and road.